Heading to the New York Coffee Festival? Find out which cafés around the Metropolitan Pavilion are worth visiting. Granted you might want to save some caffeine-points for the event itself, but if you're pacing the streets nearby, why not pop into one our selected specialty shops...
Don’t be fooled by this Cafe Grumpy, whose Chelsea spot is quite the cheerful experience despite the name. The Greenpoint-based roaster's 20th Street location (their first of what would become several in Manhattan) is an unsuspectingly spacious escape on a tree-lined street; a long walkway leads to the newly expanded back room with a charming outdoor patio oasis.
If you're short on time in NY, Joe's Pro Shop is the Joe Shop to visit. Rotating guest coffees alongside their own roast, this shop aims to bring the best of coffee around the world to New York. Whilst other Joe's are popular with the laptop crowd, the Pro Shop speaks more to the specialty coffee connoisseur.
This West village branch of small-chain Birch Coffee is another compact specialty shop. Roasted in Long Island, Birch keeps things local and friendly; even offering small conversation prompts to help you engage with other coffee drinkers and not your screen. Big range of espresso, drip and cold coffee.
Having built a bridge between Australia and New York, Toby's Estate has had a strong impact on the NY specialty scene. It's a popular take-out place given it's on Ladies Mile, but you pull up a pew and enjoy the Toby's Flatiron espresso blend or single origin pour over.
Only a block from the founding cafe in 1996, this Irving Farm Roasters shop this cosy escape serves up their own roasted coffee mere meters from Union Square. Huge range of coffee options to suit every whim, this is a popular hangout with locals + visitors lake.
Small but powerful, the Commons services up La Colombe coffee along side a winning all-day-breakfast. There's a laid back and welcome atmosphere making the Commons a popular stop with locals.